We continue with our Friday segment of "What's Happening In Marine Social Science This Week" with Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan, but first, I provide a warning to all people who want to rescue a whale from entangled gear and are not trained for it. Whale...
We continue with our Friday segment of "What's Happening In Marine Social Science This Week" with Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan, but first, I provide a warning to all people who want to rescue a whale from entangled gear and are not trained for it.
Whale Rescue Can Be Dangerous
Beth Pike (Co-host of the Salish Shes Podcast), made me aware of a story where a man hopped on the back of a whale to untangle it from the fishing gear that was caught around the animal. The effort was made popular after Ellen had the two men on her show to praise them for their work; however, the rescue could have gone wrong very quickly and the man could have sustained serious injuries or even died.
Rescuing whales is dangerous. They are massive animals with powerful flukes (tails) that can kill people if they are ever struck. entanglements can also lead to injury if the person gets caught themselves and the whale dives below the surface.
The point of the story is to encourage people to call the proper authorities and wait for trained rescuers to aid the animal in question.
Indonesian Fishing Community Take Matters Into Their Own Hands
Fishing communities in many parts of the world rely on fishing for sustenance and revenue. A lack of fish due to overfishing can put the community at risk, so it's not surprising when a fishing community in Indonesia to take matters into their own hands and enforce a paper marine protected area to discourage poaching from occurring.
Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan describes the story and discusses how fishing communities in other countries are doing something similar to ensure the viability of their natural resource.
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